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Can a CDL licensed driver legally take hydrocodone and still

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Can a CDL licensed driver legally take hydrocodone and still drive? It was prescribed by a physician and was told that it was okay to take and drive truck. Just checking as I'm his (driver) employer.
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Employment Law
Expert:  Ellen replied 6 years ago.
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Thank you for your question. I am happy to assist you.

I am a lawyer with 25 years experience. While I am not your lawyer and do not represent you, I will endeavor to provide you with legal information through this open and nonconfidential forum.

No it is not legal for a CDL licensed driver to drive within 24 hours of having taken hydrocodone. Drivers may not take hydrocodone while operating a commercial vehicle. Any hydrocodone requires a 24 hour mandatory out of service after last dose consumed.
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